According to the Met Office, climate change refers to a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet’s weather patterns and average temperatures. The term “climate change” in itself is true. The only thing constant about climate is change. The climate has and always WILL change. The earth’s climate has been going through changes from hot to cold for its entire existence. Apparently, majority of scientists are now saying that humans can change the climate too [NASA]. The following quotation elaborates:
“People drive cars. People heat and cool their houses. People cook food. All those things take energy. One way we get energy is by burning coal, oil and gas (fossil fuels). Burning these things puts gases into the air. The gases cause the air to heat up. This can change the climate of a place. It also can change Earth’s climate.” – NASA. “When fossil fuels burn, they release greenhouse gases – mostly carbon dioxide (CO2) which traps the Sun’s heat and causes the planet’s temperature to rise.” – BBC.
Climate change emergency is now been declared by several Government around the world. A recent BBC article stated that, “World temperatures are rising because of human activity, and climate change now threatens every aspect of human life…. Left unchecked, humans and nature will experience catastrophic warming, with worsening droughts, greater sea level rise and mass extinction of species.” So many people today believe that it’s in all our hands to prevent a total and utter destruction of our planet that could be brought about by climate change.
There is no doubt about it that we are lousy stewards of this planet. We are charged to treat responsibly all the wonderful resources God has given us. But in truth, doing so has very little to do with many of the environmental movement today. The save-the-environmental movement is very much consumed with trying to preserve the earth forever, and yet the Bible tells me that God has other plans. The Bible never says anything about saving the environment. God is more concerned about bringing people to Salvation in Christ Jesus.
Can humanity really influence the climate of a planet that is said to occasionally wobble as it spins on its axis at around 1000 mph, while at the same time it orbits the sun at 67,000 mph approximately? We are talking about God’s Creation with an infinite variety of beauty and mystery. We know almost nothing when we get right down to it. We know some simple things that amaze us. We know what God wants us to know.
I think anyone who is intellectually honest will be skeptical about man-made climate change. Man-made climate change (in my opinion) tries to hide God. God is still very much in control and sovereign above all. Satan may be the prince of this world but he can only do what God allows. When God created humanity, He gave us dominion over all the earth and everything within it [Genesis 1:26]. Even with Him allowing us control, Psalm 104 paints a beautiful picture of God having total and complete control over all His creation.
People who think man controls the fate of the earth, don’t think much of God. In the end, this “wisdom” of men will prove to be foolishness. The whole earth and all of humanity will last exactly as long as God wills it, and not a moment more. Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool (Isaiah 66:1)… while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, SHALL NOT cease (Genesis 8:22).” The godless perspective says that nature has power in itself. But the godly perspective says that ALL power and all might belong to the only God of power and might (Elohim).
If we humans are capable of destroying the earth, then it would only be so by God allowing that. But that is not what the ultimate ending will be as is prophesied in Revelation. If anyone thinks humanity is wrecking the planet, wait until they see what Jesus does to it. Peter says God is going to literally turn it in on itself in an atomic implosion so that the whole universe goes out of existence (2 Peter 3:7-13). The Lord Jesus lists many things that will happen before His second coming, and there is much destruction to come.
Signs of the End of the Age (Matthew 24:3-8):
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
The world is winding down as the Return of the King (the Lord’s day) nears. The Bible makes it clear (Romans 8:22-24) that the whole of creation is groaning. With all the earthquake, volcano eruptions, and the rest of it, this is nature’s way of groaning. Why? Because nature and planet earth came under curse after Adam and Eve fell and gave in to sin. With all the beauty that we see in nature, all the magnificent things that we see on this earth, it is still groaning like a woman in labour delivering a baby. This earth is groaning in readiness to deliver a new earth that is coming down from Heaven.
The Bible makes it clear that God will one day give this earth more climate change than it can handle when the day of the Lord comes. The Bible says (2 Peter 3:10) that on that great day, both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. No amount of “saving our environment” will prevent this from occurring. We do live in a beautiful world, but every now and again, we ought to take time out from this passing and disappearing world and contemplate the day we will all pierce that veil into the spiritual world.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for He has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
– Psalm 24:1